Episode 390 Wilson Adams Sumatra

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BACKGROUND: Formed in February of 2012, Wilson Adams Cigars is a partnership between Brandon Wilson and Stephen Miller of California who are longtime friends and partners in this venture. Their inaugural cigar, the Wilson Adams Habano, was made at the Nestor Placensia factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. It took 8 months and 30-40 different blends before they came up with the one that the company was ready to release.

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Their second cigar, the Sumatra, was also a trial and error procedure. However, they learned something from their prior process and the development of the cigar blend was more efficient the second time around. The blend for the Sumatra includes an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a US/Pennsylvania Broadleaf binder and a predominantly Nicaraguan filler.

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This week’s featured cigars is the 5-inch by 50 ring gauge No. 2 Robusto.

FEATURED LIBATION: Laphroaig Original Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch
The Original Cask Strength Laphroaig served as my introduction to a peaty scotch. As most scotch drinkers know, Laphroaig is a peat-monster. This scotch was the one that put peat on the map for me and I haven’t been the same since. Also, it is bottled at natural distillery strength. In other words, it goes into the bottle at 111 proof, or 55.7% alcohol by volume.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Reminder: Stogie Rate for Windows and Macs is now available in version 4.3 and Stogie Rate for iPhone is now in version 2.2.
  • Question: What criteria do I use to choose cigars I will review and/or feature on the podcast?
  • More on my process of learning more about wine (and cigars)

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Ghurkha Ghost: Asura
Doc reviews the Gurkha Ghost, which was first featured in Episode 343 of the SF 5 podcast back on Sunday, December 22, 2012.

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Episode 389 Fuente Añejo Shark

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BACKGROUND: Añejo, which means, “aged,” or “refined” in Spanish, was originally released in June 2000 (in a very small batch), and then again in December 2000.

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Añejos have a blend of Opus X, Don Carlos, and Hemingway filler tobaccos, with a US/Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper that is cured in cognac barrels for 6-8 months after it’s been aged.

eagle_rare_sbThe names of the various Añejo vitolas, like the “No.46,” “No.48,” and “No.49,” etc., are derived from the ring gauge of the cigar in question, With one exception: the “No. 77 Shark”.

The “No.77” designation for the Shark comes not from the ring gauge of this cigar, as it does for the other cigars, but rather from a more amusing reason altogether. Carlito Fuente took his kids to Sea World in Orlando, FL, and while there noticed that some of the sharks in the tank had two pectoral fins, which looked sort of like two 7’s. Hence the name, 77 Shark.

Our featured cigar of this week, the 5 7/8-inch by 64 ring gauge No. 77 Shark.

FEATURED LIBATION: Eagle Rare 10-year Single Barrel Bourbon
Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is aged for no less than ten years in oak barrels and each batch of the bourbon is made from the contents of just one barrel, which is selected based on its distinctive character. Single barrel bourbons offer more consistent flavors and exhibit an individual personality that is unique to each barrel.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc answers questions about plugged cigar and tar buildup.
  • How and why tobacco fermentation continues inside your humidor
  • My process of learning more about wine

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Padrón Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro
This review features the Padron Family Reserve No. 85. I first visited this cigar in Episode 342 back on Sunday, December 17, 2012. These cigars have been resting a total of 1 year, 2 months and 3 days and I pulled out my last samples for this review.

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Episode 388 Nica Rustica by Drew Estate

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BACKGROUND: The Nica Rustica carries the name and image of “El Brujito,” an ancient term meaning shaman or witch doctor to the people of Estelí, Nicaragua, where the cigars are made. The colorful box features a detachable lid with a notch, meant to be hung in a cigar store or in a man cave.

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The cigar uses a USA Connecticut Broadleaf “mediums” wrapper, as compared to “darks” for the Liga Privada No. 9. The binder is a Mexican San Andres Negro (the same type used as wrapper on the Undercrown), while the fillers are Nicaraguan, from Estelí and Jalapa.

The-Macallan-12-yrFeaturing a pigtail cap and covered foot, the rough finish of Nica Rustica is intentional and adds to its rustic appeal.

Nica Rustica has a consumer-friendly suggested retail price of $6.95 per stick. This week’s featured cigar comes in just one size: a 6 inch by 52 ring gauge Toro.

FEATURED LIBATION: The Macallan 12-year Single Malt Scotch
I’ve featured plenty of Macallan on this show, but never the 12-year. I’ve featured the Macallan Elegancia, the Cask Strength, the 18-year and the 21-year, but not the 12-year. In many ways, the 12-year is the perfect introduction to scotch whisky. It has plenty of age, and yet is approachable in both taste and price point.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Question from StogieFresh.info reader, Dan. What is responsible for the gold flecks that you sometimes see on wrapper leaves?
• Another question came in this past week from Stogie Fresh 5 listener Clay. Why are premium cigars hard to find in Honduras?
• Update to Stogie Rate for Desktop. Version 4.3 is the first update in nearly 2 years. Stogie Rate 4.3 for desktop is the best cigar inventory software for both PC and Macs.
• Update on Stogie Rate for iOS. Version 2.2 is now available and is ready for download at the iTunes store.
• Reviews of New Age Hygrometers are now available on StogieFresh.info in the Humidor EDU section.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Headley Grange Estupendo
This review features the Headley Grange Estupendo from the Crowned Heads cigar company. I first featured these cigars in Episode 341 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, December 09, 2012. These cigars have been waiting for 1 year, 2 months and 19 days for this second and final postscript review.

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Review: Elertus Smart Sensor
Review: PEM2 Datalogger

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